Facing Abandonment Essay

1341 words - 6 pages

Growing up during the Iranian Revolution was no easy feat. Throughout the graphic novel Perseoplis, by Marjane Satrapi, the main character Marji experiences abandonment, from the effects of the Revolution, in various ways in which she transforms into a mature young adult. To come out of the tumultuous situation that surrounded her every day as a strong willed and intelligent young woman is impressive, to say the least. Despite many catastrophic and life changing events Marji experiences profound abandonment but learns from each of the experiences. Among the most prominent types of abandonment depicted are maternal, familial, romantic and even religious abandonment.
One type of abandonment that Marji experiences is romantic abandonment. In the novel it is apparent that Marji has developed feelings for a boy who is pictured numerous times throughout the beginning and has been one of Marji’s companions for some time. However, as the story progresses the boy tells Marji that he has to move to America. The boy explains that he has to leave her because his father does not think that it is safe to live under the Islamic Regime. In these series of panels Marji attempts to cope with her emotions and feeling of abandonment. Marji’s disappointment and sadness are clearly portrayed through her body language. In the fourth panel readers see her body turned away from the chattering boys, hanging her head low and in the final panel reader see Marji in a dark room sulking. Marji’s discouragement and suffering clearly arise from the boy leaving. He physically and emotionally abandons her. One can see through the expression on Marji’s face that she is not happy with the outcome. Despite her apparent pain, the boy remains completely oblivious to her emotions. In addition to the discourse and physical posturing, the visual use of shadows and darkness portray her feelings as well. To her this is the end of the world as she knows it. Her whole body is in fact a complete shadow in one of the scenes here (Satrapi 63). Here Marji begins to learn that people will not always be in your life. The path of loneliness that develops throughout this graphic novel begins with this romantic abandonment.
Perhaps one of the saddest types of abandonment that Marji experiences is the death of her uncle. In the final panel Marji discovers that her uncle has been executed. Out of rage, disbelief and acute feelings of abandonment Marji rebels against religion and renounces God because she blames him for her uncle’s tragic death. As a child she followed God closely and found comfort and guidance in her faith. She cannot comprehend how God who she dedicated so much time, love and loyalty to would take away her beloved uncle. In her state of emotional turmoil Marji rejects God, telling him that she never wants to see him again. Not only does she feel abandoned by God, she also has to deal with the unbearable loss of her uncle Anoosh. Marji now knows what it is like to lose a family...

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